Be free from pride-filled opinions, for they will only harm your cherished unity. Don’t allow self-promotion to hide in your hearts, but in authentic humility put others first and view others as more important than yourselves. Abandon every display of selfishness. Possess a greater concern for what matters to others instead of your own interests. Philippians 2:2-4 GW
Well now, that was a mouthful! Especially in todays climate with everyone screaming their opinions about this rule, that rule, the president, the senate, the governors, and the list goes on and on. “I’m right, you’re wrong! You must be stupid!” are just a few of the insults I’ve seen and experienced. What is wrong with us? Never have I seen so much hatred as I have seen recently.
Paul urges us to abandon every display of selfishness. Why is that? Because there is no room for it in the Kingdom of God. It’s a distraction from purpose, the purpose to preach the gospel of Love. There can be no selfishness in love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-6 TPT says it so well: Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.
I believe we all needed to read these verses to remember what our true purpose is–Love. If we, the remnant bride of Christ can’t get it right, where is the hope for others? It’s easy to hurl insults and be angry, but the truth is that being right doesn’t matter without love. We need to get back to that basic principle and never stray from it again. Right or wrong, rich or poor, slave or free, nothing matters without love.
Until Next Time,